Majority Leader at the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed concern on the low voter turnout at the commencement of governorship and house of assembly elections in Lagos.
Gbajabiamila spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after voting along with her mother, Alhaja Latifat Gbajabiamila at Ward G2 polling unit 014 in Surulere, Lagos at about 9:43 a.m.
“Already there is a bit of voter apathy, we don’t have as many people turning out, like we did a couple of weeks ago.
“People are always excited about the presidential election because that’s the overall head of the country.
“But people need to understand that the state elections for the governor and the state assemblies are just as important as that of presidential and National Assembly, the state is nearer to the people.
“I am hoping that what we see, in terms of the skeletal crowd, will improve as the day goes by, people will be trickling in, and the numbers are going to add up at the end of the day,” the majority leader said.
He commended the peaceful conduct of the electorate as well as INEC ad hoc officials.
Also, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, commended INEC for the smooth take off of voting in the state.
“Everyone is here, so the excitement is high and INEC has not disappointed us, we are really proud of them,” Mrs Tinubu told NAN after casting her vote at Eti-Osa, polling unit 034 Ward 008, Falomo Police Barracks in Lagos.
Mrs Tinubu urged Nigerians to help one another and to support President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve the next level mandate.
According to her, the present administration was working well to ensure conducive and better welfare for the nation and its citizenry.
Earlier, Sen. Solomon Adeola, APC senator-elect (Lagos West) said there was no fear of intimidation despite the heavy presence of security operatives across the state.
Senator Olamilekan Adeola cast his votes at exactly 9:20am at unit 021 ward E, Idimu Ikotun Lagos, commended the “tremendous improvement in the conduct of Saturday’s election. (NAN)